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been writing about chuck hagel and the attacks on chuck hagel. you can disagree with any nominee of the president, but the chuck hagel stuff ended up going over the line don't you think? >> yeah, in a big way. i did write last week that i wonder if he's worth all of this trouble, because the only utility of a republican defense secretary for a democratic president is to make the republicans in the senate and -- and the congress -- but particularly the senate go along with stuff like budget cuts, but if hagel has lost that utility, then what good is he? however, since then, bill they have gone a little nut-so and they are doing this stuff that prove that you didn't take money from these people and this right-wing website that i don't even want to name prove that you didn't say what we heard you might have said in a speech in 2010 -- >> bill: and he was taking money from terrorists -- >> yeah and all of these people. so now this is turning into a quasi -- >> bill: but the flip side is all of these republicans are going to need stuff from chuck hagel. >> o
a letter to president obama asking him to withdraw the nomination of chuck hagel, which he is not going to do because there are enough republicans to join democrats do voigt for him. he will be confirmed next week we are one week from the sequester. president obama saying come on. we can't let that happen. once again, boehner and mcconnell refuse to compromise. it looks like 800,000 civilian employees at the pentagon will go on furlough starting one week from today. that and a whole lot more to get into this morning on the "full-court press," which we will do. take your calls at 866-55-press. first, we get the latest today's current news update from lisa ferguson joining us from los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama inand vice president biden are attending the democratic governor's association this morning andbam obama willing talking about a variety of national issues about economic and trade issues between the two countries. later, vice president biden will join the two for lunch. biden is also continui
secretary of defense. you served with chuck hagel. how do you think he will do? >> i think he will do well. chuck is a friend. he was a republican. i was a democrat. he served for 12 years of the 18 years i served in the senate. i think he's smart. he's capable. he knows defense and foreign policy issues. you know, here is a guy that fought on the battlefield, earned two purple hearts and was hectored during his nomination. you know, i thought what happened to him was pretty thoughtless in this process. >> bill: he was badly treated by his fellow republicans. unfairly, i believe. >> these are people who worked with him 12 years. he would go to their caucus once a week. presumably, all friend and acquaintances and i think for political reasons, he took it on the chin during that process. but he's now there and he's going to be a good secretary of defense in my judgment. >> bill: do you think he can repair -- mend his fences? >> i do. chuck is smart and capable and i think he will do well. >> bill: if he were in the senate today, how would you vote on the sequester? what do you think the sen
by in los angeles, here's lisa ferguson. hi lisa, good morning. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. chuck hagel will have to wait a little while longer before take up his new position as secretary of defense. the senate armed services committee had hoped to hold a vote as soon as today but now that's being delayed. after last week's hearing republicans say they want more information on hagel's speeches and his financial disclosures. until then they are opposing the vote but the committee chair is still hoping to schedule one as soon as possible. in idaho, a republican state senator is introducing a bit of an obscure bill requiring every single high school student to read ayn rand's novel. when asked why he chose that particular book, senator john getty said it because it made his son become a republican. he said it gives high schools an alternative way to adopt graduation requirements. he does not plan on making a hard push for the bill or holding any hearings on that proposal. back on the national front military services are outlining their plan for a serz of spending -- series of spendi
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